*Update* – The meet has been delayed. Diving started at 1:30 and the swimming portion will begin at 3 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams (RV/21) will host a quad meet tabbed as Youth Day, that will feature North Florida, West Florida and Florida Southern College on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Morcom Aquatics Center.
“We’re looking forwards to hosting some Florida teams this weekend,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “It should be fun with some great coaches and student-athletes and we’re happy to host this event in Tallahassee. We’re hoping to have a lot of kids at the meet as it’s Youth Day to see some fast swimming.”
The women will battle all three teams, while the men will square off against Florida Southern.
The one-day meet will feature 16 events, including both the 200 medley and free relays in addition to the 1000 free, 500 free, 50 free, 100 IM, 3-meter and 1-meter diving as well as the 100’s and 200’s of each stroke.
Live timing can be found at sportstiming.com or meet mobile.
The Youth Day promotion welcomes all young swimmers, divers and fans in grades K-8. Popsicles will be distributed after the meet along with a poster signing.
The Last Time Out for the Noles:
Florida State finally returns home after two road trips that featured a tri-meet in Raleigh, North Carolina against (23/NR) Duke and (21/19) Virginia Tech on Oct. 13-14 and a match-up in Tempe, Ariz. against (NR/8) Arizona State, last weekend.
In last weekend’s dual meet against Pac-12 foe, ASU, which was the first-ever meeting between the two teams, the women (0-4) fell 147.5-152.5 after a tough back-and-forth battle.
Senior Alexi Smith brought home four wins for the Seminoles, including anchoring the 400 medley relay to its fastest swim on the season at 3:41.03.
On the boards, senior Blaire Mulka dominated the competition on the 1-meter, posting a score of 313.73 that was close to 20 points ahead of the next competitor.
The No. 21 FSU men (2-2) fell to the No. 8 Arizona State men, 124-176. Freshman Julio Horrego had a stand out day, as he won the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.47. Horrego would continue a strong day as he finished second in the 100 Breast (56.41) and the 200 Breast (2:02.34). In addition, senior Chad Mylin split a 19.93 as the lead off of the 200 free relay, ranking as the eighth fastest time in the country this season.
Senior diver Tyler Roberge continued his strong start to the season with a season-high score on the 3-meter of 391.20, good enough for second place in the event.
The Seminoles women have enjoyed success against North Florida, posting a 7-0 all-time record, with its last victory coming on January 5th, 2008. The team also has a 3-0 all-time record against West Florida, with its latest victory on November 5th, 2016.
Both teams are 4-0 against Florida Southern College, with all four wins coming in the past five years.
On Florida Southern College, North Florida and West Florida:
On it’s opening dual meet of the season, Florida Southern College split with the University of Tampa, as the women (0-1) fell 96-166 and the men (1-0) took a 163-99 victory. The men took 10 of the 12 individual events on the evening, where seniors Noah Franza and Luis Jasso secured their second multi-win meets in their FSC careers.
The North Florida women’s team has started the season 0-5. In their last meet, the team fell to Florida Gulf Coast 81-179 and Campbell 89-172, on senior day. Sophomore Jacqueline Barklund showed promise on the day, as she finished second in the 100 back (58.49) and was a member of the 400 free relay team that finished second (3:40.76. Barklund would break her personal-best in the 200 back and 100 back.
The women of West Florida (4-1) have enjoyed a solid start to the 2017-2018 season, winning four of their first five meets. In their last meet, they fell to Tulane 88-153. Freshman diver Samantha Cochrane posted a program freshman record in the 3-meter with a score of 269.55.
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